Andy Murray beats Benoit Paire to enter Wimbledon quarters

Posted July 12, 2017

Asked to assess Andy Murray's chances going into Magic Monday and the second week of Wimbledon, he said simply: "He's in the second week so he's in with a chance".

The Telegraph reports that the All England Club's show courts - Centre and Court One - (where the "big dogs" play) routinely host two men's match and only one women's game per day.

Following on from Alexander Bublik, Dustin Brown and Fabio Fognini, Paire is another of the tour's more quirky characters, and Murray may simply be desperately short of rhythm.

But Murray, of course, has a romantic attachment to the world's most famous tennis event, having won the men's singles twice.

American doubles specialist Bethany Mattek-Sands revealed she faces months on the sidelines after dislocating her knee and rupturing a ligament in the second round on Wednesday. "But I managed it well and I think I've played some good stuff". Normally when I see my prize money, it's a little bit less than I saw on the paper.

"I know I was nervous but I just had no expectation to do well, so it was completely different to the kind of nerves I get now". It's been pretty hot, extreme conditions. There have been times when I hit the ball better than these last two matches, but I felt like I did a good job of hanging in there, hanging around and winning those tough break points when I needed to. He played really well a year ago.

"Everyone likes different things", said Murray.

Konta is up first on Court One, where she will need to beat France's Caroline Garcia to reach the next stage of the competition. She has dropped sets along the way but her game is constantly improving.

Andy Murray has recorded a straight-sets victory over Benoit Paire to reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals. "A lot of times, you can gain a lot of confidence from that more so than actually playing well".

I'd suggested there would be no breaks early on but the Swiss star looked like he was going to steam through the first set as he went 4-1* up. We have (Victoria) Azarenka, who has won two grand slams.

The Californian lost the first set 7-5 to South Africa's Kevin Anderson, but levelled on a tie-break before taking the third with a rare break of serve. Much more of this and we will learn that President Macron and First Minister Sturgeon have bilaterally chose to suspend the Auld Alliance.

Murray was not at his best against Paire and his faltering serve was frequently exploited by the 46th-ranked Frenchman, who caused the Briton trouble without being able to inflict any lasting damage. Azarenka, the Belarusian former world number one, is on the comeback trail after giving birth to her first child, Leo, in December.

"That's how people win tournaments - they fight".

Coasting never seemed likely to be an option yesterday, mind you, against Benoit Paire, the fourth extravagant shot maker he has faced in a row at this year's tournament.

Paire has left his mark on Wimbledon in more ways than one; after being knocked out here in 2013 he had smashed up every racket in his bag out of sheer frustration.

'Against him, you can't really afford that.

"It's going to be interesting to see what they're going to do with the courts".

The 30-year-old's progress is particularly noteworthy as he came into the tournament nursing a hip injury.

Federer added: "It's nice to see them still hanging on, still enjoying the tour, still being tough out there and making it hard for the youngsters to come and break through".